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"When we started, we weren’t as intimately familiar with how this industry worked. Just telling people, ‘Yeah, you should go ahead and cut the cord’ without being able to watch the Olympics or the American Idol finale doesn’t work." Sep 17, 2012

—Avner Ronen, CEO of Boxee Watching Boxee transmogrify itself over the last five years from a software tool for hacking your television into a legacy content industry-friendly appliance has been utterly fascinating.

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"Video exceeded half of global consumer Internet traffic by year-end 2011. The sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand [VoD], Internet, and P2P) will be approximately 86 percent of global consumer traffic by 2016." Sep 16, 2012

—Cisco Visual Networking Index, as quoted by Akamai

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"[T]hree-quarters of the estimated 5 million homes that don't get TV signals over the airways or through cable, satellite or telecommunications companies have televisions anyway." Sep 14, 2012

—David Bauder, “Nielsen shows how people use TV differently”

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On Sales of Set-Top Boxes Apr 13, 2012

NewTeeVee has a nice roundup of stats surrounding various set-top box products The total number of Boxee Box users is around 200,000…still in line with an industry-wide trend: Smart TV set-top boxes haven’t reached a wider audience, and sales have … Continue reading

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Hacktivision YouTube Round-Up Jan 30, 2012

Aymar Jean Christian, who co-edits the new Hacktivision blog on the future of television, has a nice round-up of the site’s recent discussion of YouTube.  It’s worth checking out if you’d like a sampling of what’s going on on the … Continue reading

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"There's one exception [to Microsoft's advertising slump], however: Xbox. The marketing structure for that brand seems to be the model for Microsoft's marketing reorganization." Jan 23, 2012

—Kunur Patel, “Microsoft Reorganization will Shift Marketing Power Further into Product Groups” Just as an aside, one of the interesting things to me about Xbox and other gaming consoles, when it comes to connected television, is that unlike many electronics … Continue reading

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Stats on the MegaUpload Shutdown Jan 21, 2012

GigaOm has collected these stats from Arbor Networks showing the hefty decline in traffic to the portions of the Internet that routed traffic to MegaUpload in the hours following the seizure and shutdown of the company’s sites—which included popular video … Continue reading

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Ryan Lawler on Windowing Jan 20, 2012

Ryan Lawler has an excellent post up at NewTeeVee on what he sees as problems with windowing—the practice in film and TV distribution of making content available for limited times in different venues.  The piece not only contains some nice … Continue reading

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"[TV sets with facial and voice recognition technology are] all very exciting to the world's biggest advertisers…who spend billions on TV advertising but really don't know who's in the room when their ads air." Jan 19, 2012

—Michael Learmonth, “Soon Your TV Will Watch You, Too” Back in 2005, trade journalist John Battelle imagined a world in which targeted advertising had come to television.  And while TV is still a long way from having mainstreamed the business models he envisioned, trade … Continue reading

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Boxee Stays in Its Box Jan 16, 2012

At the end of January, Boxee is killing its desktop application, which will bring to a close one of my favorite chapters in the world of connected television.  Built on top of XBMC, an open-source software application that turns your … Continue reading

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